Repair Instructions for Paper Shredders

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Repair Instructions for Paper Shredders
You can often repair a paper shredder with household items. (shredder image by jovica antoski from Fotolia.com)

Paper shredders occasionally need repair because of paper jams and foreign objects lodged in the shredder, according to "Complete Office Handbook: Third Edition." Loading a shredder with too much paper or the wrong type of paper can cause the shredder to jam. Feeding the shredder for an extended period of time without allowing it to cool can cause the motor to overheat. Paper shredders can be repaired in the home or office with common household items. A professional repair is usually unnecessary.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Tweezers
  • 3 in 1 oil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Unplug the paper shredder from the electrical socket.

  2. 2

    Let the motor cool for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the motor is no longer warm to the touch. If the motor overheats it can automatically cause the shredder to stop until it has cooled.

  3. 3

    Plug the shredder into the electrical socket.

  4. 4

    Switch the shredder control knob to "reverse" or "clean" mode. This will make the motor run in reverse and will back out the paper. Run the shredder in this mode for one to two seconds.

  5. 5

    Switch the shredder control knob to "normal" mode. Run the shredder in this mode for one to two seconds.

  6. 6

    Run the shredder in "normal" and "reverse" modes for one to two second intervals for two more cycles.

  7. 7

    Unplug the paper shredder from the electrical socket.

  8. 8

    Turn the shredder upside down in order to see the cutting wheels. Look for large pieces of paper stuck in the cutting wheels. Grab the paper firmly and pull slowly and gently. Quick pulls can cause the paper to tear and can cause damage to the motor.

  9. 9

    Use tweezers to pull small pieces of paper, paper clips or staples out of the cutting wheels.

  10. 10

    Oil the cutting wheels to ensure proper cutting.

  11. 11

    Place the shredder over the wastebasket or shredder bin.

  12. 12

    Plug the paper shredder into the electrical socket. Run a piece of paper through the shredder to ensure the shredder is working properly.

Tips and warnings

  • Never repair a paper shredder with tweezers unless it is unplugged.

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